Fudge is one of the most versatile treats around. It’s easy to flavor, layer and color. It can be used for dipping or drizzling and is often mixed with nuts, candy and cookies. You can do almost anything with fudge, but please don’t ever add cake mix to fudge recipes.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautions against using uncooked cake mix containing flour that has not been heat-treated (sterilized). Heat treatments kill bacteria, such as salmonella, but most cake mixes are not made with heat-treated flour. Symptoms of salmonella exposure include nausea, vomiting, fever, chills and abdominal pain—all things you never want your customers to experience.
There are two reasons why you won’t ever see a Calico Cottage recipe that includes cake mix. First, we are committed to ensuring the health and safety of everyone who enjoys our fudge. And second, dried cake mix can give your finished product a chalky, gritty consistency. A big part of Calico’s fudge appeal is its creamy smoothness – one important reason why your customers keep coming back for more.
Our recipes use appropriate ingredients to make fudge that is safe, as well as delicious. You really can have your “cake” and eat it, too. On the website you’ll find easy step-by-step instructions to make fudge flavors such as Cinnamon Crumb Cake, Red Velvet and Strawberry Cheesecake. None contain cake mix, but all are delicious and guaranteed to take the cake!